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Tanis Shaw

Full time Mom, Autism Warrior and Coffee Lover. Part time bunny petter, knitter and secret foodie.

I'm a stay at home mom of 3 wonderful, quirky children. Autism has been a part of our lives for the past 10 years. Since then we have grown to see the world a little differently and how we fit into it. We have lost friends, made some new ones, cried a little and laughed a lot. When my children aren't demanding my attention, my husband and I enjoy long trips to the grocery store alone and share a love of video games and all things nerdy.
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Please Stop Asking What My Son's "Special Talent" Is

He doesn't have a "special" talent. In fact, less than 10% of the autistic population have some kind of savant talent. When you ask about his "talent" and he knows that he doesn't have one, he feels less. He feels as though he is being judged for being "wrong" yet again. I hug him and tell him that you mean well, and that the drawing he did of Spider-Man really did rock! What I wish you would ask instead, is this.
11/15/2016 08:41 EST